Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month returns in August

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® Month, sponsored by American Express, returns Aug. 24 – Sept. 30!

Now in its 13th year, the culinary event is welcoming a wide variety of cuisines, with more than 100 Orlando-area restaurants — including many newcomers — offering three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for just $35 per person. Plus, through Visit Orlando, $1 from each meal supports Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

It’s a great opportunity to revisit local favorites and try some of the hottest new venues in Orlando, which is among the Top 50 Foodie Capitals of the World based on diversity of available cuisines according to Bott+Co.

New Restaurants Bring New Flavors to Magical Dining Month

With nearly 20 Orlando eateries joining Magical Dining Month for the first time in 2018, there are plenty of fresh flavors to choose from. Here are the new entries from Walt Disney World:

— Bongo’s Cuban Café: Part of Disney Springs West Side, this authentic Cuban eatery will have Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Plantains, BBQ Guava Ribs, Key Lime Guava Parfait and a Tour of Cuba, featuring a sampling of Cuban classics.

— Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar & Restaurant: Enzo’s Hideaway is one of Disney Springs’ newest eateries, and its “secret” tunnel entrance and speakeasy ambience make it one of the coolest. Their mouthwatering options will include Pasta al Forno, Grilled Hangar Steak, Fontina en Carozza and Tiramisu.

— Terralina Crafted Italian: The brainchild of celebrity Chef Tony Mantuano, Terralina is new to Disney Springs. This year, the eatery will focus on Italian classics like Spaghetti Bolognese, Artisan Pepperoni Pizza and Chicken Parmesan.

— Wine Bar George: Headed by Master Sommelier George Miliotes, this Disney Springs venue is centered around wine, but they have some great food, too. Their Magical Dining menu includes Burrata, Jicama-Kohlrabi Salad, Olive Oil Cake and more.

These dining locations join returning Walt Disney World restaurants: Il Mulino New York Trattoria; Morimoto Asia; Paddlefish; STK Orlando; and Todd English’s bluezoo.

Each year, one or more local charities benefit from Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, receiving $1 from each meal served. This year, Magical Dining Month will benefit two Orlando-area nonprofit organizations: the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida and Best Buddies of Central Florida.

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida offers hope, acceptance and empowerment for all individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Best Buddies of Central Florida creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This year’s Magical Dining restaurants offer a menu and setting for every occasion, and it all helps support two great causes. For a full list of participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations, visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com.



Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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